August 10, 2022

Green Party names Amita Kuttner as interim leader – National

The Green Party has named Dr. Amita Kuttner as interim leader on Wednesday.

They are the youngest and first transgender and east-Asian person to ever lead a national party, according to the Greens.

The 30-year-old is an astrophysicist with expertise in black holes and is the founder of the Moonlight Institute, a non-profit that explores responses to climate change.

Kuttner was in the running to replace former leader Elizabeth May but lost to Annamie Paul, who since faced turmoil within the party and stepped down in November.

Read more:
Ex-MP Paul Manly the favourite as Greens gear up to choose interim leader

Kuttner ran as a candidate in Burnaby-North Seymour in the 2019 general election.

Story continues below advertisement

“I am honoured to have been selected to lead our party during this time of transition and renewal,” said Kuttner in a statement.

“I take on this responsibility fully aware of the magnitude of the challenges we are facing but convinced that we will overcome them and emerge stronger, more united and more confident about our vital role in national politics.”

Kuttner promises action on addressing climate change, “driving progress towards decolonization” and “promoting social justice.”


Click to play video: 'Green party’s former interim leader insists greens still have role to play in Canadian politics'







Green party’s former interim leader insists greens still have role to play in Canadian politics


Green party’s former interim leader insists greens still have role to play in Canadian politics – Oct 8, 2021

Federal Council President Lorraine Rekmans said the appointment is a step towards “reinvigorating” the party that has had trouble lately with infighting.

“We will work closely with them and I am very pleased that they will be bringing their expertise to our collective efforts to rebuild the federal Green Party,” she said.

Story continues below advertisement

Kuttner was among 20 other candidates for the position. Paul Manly, who was backed by May and was a former MP who lost his B.C. seat in the September election, withdrew Wednesday from the leadership race.

His withdrawal was a surprise to senior leaders, prompting speculation that he might run for the permanent position.

The party must now hold a leadership contest within six months, according to its constitution.

Paul had said that being the leader of the Greens was the worst period of her life as the party saw support fall during the last election, losing a significant portion of the popular vote and returning to Parliament with two MPs.

— with files from the Canadian Press




© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Related Posts

Trudeau speaks with Palestinian leader ahead of Garneau’s Middle East visit – National

June 29, 2021

June 29, 2021

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted June 29, 2021 4:50 pm     ...

Feds stand firm as businesses, U.S. legislators fume over border closure extension – National

June 19, 2021

June 19, 2021

Canada is extending a ban on nonessential travel with the United States and the rest of the world until...

‘There is no doubt’: Trudeau makes plea for cyberspace free of hate, disinformation – National

November 12, 2021

November 12, 2021

Hate speech, disinformation and online extremism can’t be allowed to prevent people from enjoying the freedom that cyberspace offers,...

Bennett apologizes after linking JWR residential school tweet with pension eligibility – National

June 24, 2021

June 24, 2021

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett is apologizing after what she describes as an “inappropriate” comment aimed at Jody Wilson-Raybould...

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to attend G7 Leaders’ Summit in June: U.K. PM – National

May 28, 2021

May 28, 2021

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend the G7 Leaders’ Summit in person...

Bennett faces call to resign after linking JWR residential school tweet with pension eligibility – National

June 25, 2021

June 25, 2021

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs is calling on Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett to resign following a text...

French President Emmanuel Macron slapped in face while greeting crowd – National

June 8, 2021

June 8, 2021

French President Emmanuel Macron received a rude welcome while greeting locals in southeastern France on Tuesday, when someone in...

Ottawa has millions still to spend on missing children and cemetery searches – National

June 1, 2021

June 1, 2021

Alice. Victor (Fort Resolution). (Baby) Redbreast. Jack B. Mona. Those are but five of the 4,118 names listed in...

‘This cannot persist’: Military ombudsman blasts ‘vested political interests’ impeding office – National

June 22, 2021

June 22, 2021

The Canadian Forces ombudsman released a scathing indictment on Tuesday, raising the spectre of political interference in the work...

MPs adopt Bloc motion saying it would be irresponsible to hold election amid COVID-19 – National

May 26, 2021

May 26, 2021

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted May 25, 2021 8:12 pm Smaller font Descrease...

Fully vaccinated against COVID-19? Canada unveils new guidance on what you can, can’t do – National

June 25, 2021

June 25, 2021

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has released updated guidance for Canadians who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19....

Canadian professor Hassan Diab ordered to stand trial in France over 1980 Paris bombing – National

May 19, 2021

May 19, 2021

A French court has upheld a decision directing Ottawa sociology professor Hassan Diab to stand trial in the decades-old...

U.S. move to double tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber is ‘egregious,’ says BC Lumber Trade Council

May 21, 2021

May 21, 2021

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted May 21, 2021 4:19 pm     ...

‘Barbaric cultural practices’ hotline idea still haunts Tories, MP says – National

November 15, 2021

November 15, 2021

The Conservative MP leading outreach efforts for leader Erin O’Toole says a six-year-old promise to create a ‘barbaric cultural...

Protesters maintain blockade at Line 3 site in Minnesota

June 9, 2021

June 9, 2021

Protesters fighting Enbridge’s push to replace an aging oil pipeline across northern Minnesota maintained a blockade at a pump...